Quality Hotel Marlborough
20 Nelson Street
Phone: (64) 3 5777333
Fax: (64) 3 5777337
This fun pub, located in the inner city suburb of Karori, is not a den of iniquity as its colloquial name 'Sin Bin' might imply. Instead, it offers a mixture of tasty food, drinking and entertainment. All age groups are catered for with regular Tuesday quiz nights, karaoke, and live music at weekends. Licensed with a large dinner menu including steaks, seafood, lamb, burgers, vegetarian and desserts. Open daily from 11am.
For high quality reasonably priced Thai food, head to this suburban restaurant in Island Bay village. Do not expect all the frills here, but just honest Thai chilli dishes and curries in a rather pedestrian setting. Serves satay, of course, and a reasonable range of seafood and chicken dishes in spicy but delicately flavored sauces. While frequented primarily by Island Bay locals and others from the Eastern suburbs, it is well worth a special trip, or stop in after a day at the beach. Only open for dinner. Not licensed.
Coucou Cafe and Restaurant serves affordable yet wonderful French bistro cuisine. The cafe brings the feel of France to Wellington by creating just the right ambiance. The menu offers a good selection of mouth-watering delicacies. French and Kiwi wines can also be ordered from their wide selection plus if you desire, you can also carry in your own bottle on Wednesday nights. Dinner is served from Wednesday to Saturday from 6p onwards.
Great food is not restricted to Wellington's city center, it also thrives in the suburbs. So head up Brooklyn hill and try some good Thai food and suburban hospitality. Located next to the Penthouse Cinema, so dinner and a movie is an obvious choice. The decor is modern and mellow with fresh wood, neutral tones and touches of Thai gold. The restaurant offers discerning clients a varied menu, at a touch above average prices. Try the Chicken, Beef or Pork Stir-fry With Onions, Chillies and Spring Onions. Fish lovers are also spoiled with several choices.
Established in the early 1990s, this cafe occupies a great corner site in Brooklyn Village and is a real community gathering point. The building dates back to 1895, and features a wooden interior with fresh cream walls, and large windows ensuring plenty of sunshine (on a good day). The restaurant serves light meals, all day brunches and dinner. The menu is fresh and varied. Try the Salmon Fillet with Vegetables on Parmesan Cream Fettuccine or stick to a rib-eye steak. An excellent wine cellar compliments the meals.
This bar and restaurant is a pleasant alternative to some of the busier downtown venues. It is also handy for before movie drinks if you are visiting the popular Penthouse Cinema just around the corner. Spacious, with modern brick decor, it attracts a friendly crowd of local residents. The dinner menu is mainly European but for local flavour try the Kumara and Spinach Pasta. Plenty of entrees and bar snacks also available. Pool, gaming machines and a large television screen provide alternative entertainment.
If you are in the city, why not hop on the Cable Car to stylish Kelburn for brunch. Here you will find traditional Italian-style food including delicious pizzas cooked in a manuka-fired oven. The variety of pastas, curries and salads on the menu will probably tempt you to stay on for dinner. The decor is modern, atmosphere relaxed and friendly, and families are welcomed.
This conservatory cafe at one end of the Botanic Gardens' luscious Begonia house looks out towards a sea of roses in spring. Light and brightly painted in trendy yellows and aubergines it is a spacious, relaxing, and pleasant place for tea on your own or with grandma. Serves snacks and counter foods such as samosas, rolls, quiche, pastries and cakes. Caters for all kinds of private functions. Smoke free.
Located in the historic Aro Valley on Wellington's fringe, this café offers a varied international a la carte menu at moderate prices. The crisp clean cream paint job and the occasional retro ornament create a relaxed setting. Colour is added by the work of local artists. The varied dinner menu includes vegetarian dishes like Bulgar and Lentil Pilaf or Grilled Autumn Vegetable Haloumi on a Celeriac Risotto Cake. Breakfast menu weekdays and a tempting weekend brunch also available. Licensed, but you can bring your own wine.
Situated in the cluster of shops in the centre of charming Aro Street, the Arobake is a great place to pull in for a quick bite on your busy sightseeing schedule. Recharge the batteries with a strong coffee or choose from a variety of cakes, sandwiches, biscuits, pies and more all baked fresh each day on the premises. Housed in a street-side villa the Arobake blends in with the local scenery and you would think it had been there since the beginning of time. (Well, the beginning of the street at least!)
Magnificent views are on offer for those who think about going up, instead of out, for lunch. Located 120 meters above the central business district, Skyline is a good place for a meal or snack, or as a function venue for weddings, conferences or cocktail parties. Enjoy Wellington in the elegantly decorated dining room or on the expansive terrace for al fresco dining and views of the harbor and nearby gardens. The licensed cafe opens for casual meals, including an inexpensive lunchtime buffet, and snacks. For a fun excursion take the Cable Car from Lambton Quay.
Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant is set in a historic building that dates back to 1849 and was a social hub for the community. It is now a popular meeting place for everyone in the neighborhood. Whether it is to dine, drink or listen to live music, you will find it always buzzing. It is also chockablock with quiz nights, book clubs and other cultural activities. Their menu made from scratch is delicious and the bar has something for everyone.